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john edwards' legal team on the attack. i'm christine romans. lawyers are fighting back, insisting federal prosecutors got it wrong about alleged campaign funds paid to his former mistress. i'm kiran chetry. new tornado warnings overnight. severe weather stretching from new york to california spawning new and dangerous storms along the line. i'm ali velshi. the former imf boss has a new home. dominique strauss-kahn just moved into a sprawling 6800-square-foot townhouse with
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a spa and gym. we'll take you inside on this "american morning." good morning to you. thanks so much for being with us on this thursday, may 26th. welcome back. what a whirlwind few days it's been for you right there in the heart of what's going on joplin, missouri. >> it continues. and more bad weather. >> another night of meteorological mayhem as tornadoes wreaked through the region. from louisiana to the great lakes. oklahoma's governor declaring a state of emergency in 68 counties hit by tornadoes. this video taken by storm chasers is about as close as you can get. 16 people were killed in the latest round of storms. >> in memphis tornado warnings ringing out again last night, the sirens sounding. you can hear them there as the sky grows darker by the minute. an ominous sky, a funnel cloud
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that was in the distance. the national weather service warned people in memphis as well as nashville to take shelter and in some cases to evacuate. >> right there, you got it. we've got a photo. >> and that funnel clouds spotted as far west as california, believe it or not, in the town of durham in the central part of the state. severe weather knows no bounds. >> in joplin, the search for tornado victims goes on. an estimated 1500 people are unaccounted for. city officials say many may have been out of town when the twister hit or they left right after. that list is being created as they try to reconnect with those who might have fled the town. >> it may sound worse than it is. state officials will release a list of people still unaccounted for. that does not mean definitely missing. again, the cell service and other issues -- >> it is hard to communicate.
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they'll make a distinction between those people missing and those who haven't been able to be reached. casey wian is live for us in joplin. casey, this is as people start to find out the condition of their homes and where their loved ones are. >> yeah, ali. you were here. you know how bad it is. imagine surviving one of the worst tornadoes in u.s. history by hanging on to a couple of dog crates while you're home collapses around and on top of you. a beautiful house in a joplin, missouri, suburb reduced to a memory. p it belonged to jim and stacy richards who are just now telling a harrowing tale of survival. jim was at work. i started to come home. i got a text from my wife. first couple were gibberish. then finally came through saying help, roof under. >> then came a desperate voice mail from stacy. jim hasn't been able to bring limbs to listen to all of it until now. [ screams ]
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>> help! there was this kind of pressure in my ears, and the next thing i know was dirt and grit and stuff was hitting me in the face. i realized that the roof was coming off. >> she was in between those two kennels. >> those two kennels, yes. tried to have one hand on top of each, one on each. >> i could feel the dog's crate lifting up, so i got on the floor and i was holding the dog crates and i had one other dog under my arm. and things started to land on me. and i actually did get trapped. i remember thinking the next thing that lands on me, i'm going to probably die. >> reporter: stacy was pinned for about 20 minutes unable to contact her husband or son. >> my son texted me and said, are you okay? it was the most awful thing because i couldn't tell him no, i'm not. and that was awful.
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laying there, screaming and screaming and screaming. it was horrible. >> reporter: stacy and her three dogs survived, rescued by a neighbor. >> i have no idea how she walked out of this. >> reporter: battered and bruised, she still has a sense of humor. >> no, i didn't feel like dorothy in kansas. i felt like stacy in joplin with a house ripping off the foundations. >> reporter: they took refuge in a local hotel. and during around round of tornado warnings tuesday night. the next morning jim met with his insurance company to assess the damage. >> we've got everything. two bedroom and two bath. we'll get them paid either today or tomorrow. >> reporter: the richards haven't decided whether they're going to use those insurance proceeds to rebuild or relocate. what they have decided is the next house they live in definitely going to have a basement so they have better protection from tornados in the future. >> as we saw while we were there, those with basements just had a better chance -- a
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substantially better chance of surviving. those flat to the ground, the houses were just gone. casey, we'll check in with you later. let's check in with rob marciano. we've been talking for days that seems like one area after another is under the gun. how about today? >> today looks lighter than the last two days. last night was no picnic, as you know. 81 reports of tornadoes yesterday. from what we can tell no fatalities. that in itself a small miracle. it is rotating slowly off to the east. the only watch and warnings that we've seen so far this morning. down across texas. there you go, corpus christi. a little cell there that was at one point severe. that's been allowed to expire. that thunderstorm watch stays in effect for the next few hours. here's the main system itself. centered over minneapolis. you can see it elongating. it's beginning to weaken somewhat, but the threat for severe weather will exist mostly to the east of louisville and up
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to charleston. along the appalachians. as it progresses eastward, it will get weaker still. nonetheless, 2:00, 3:00, the usual time period of the highlighted area in red, that's where we thing the severe weather will break out. possibility of tornadoes but the way the winds are set up today, not as good of a chance as we've seen the last two days. that's certainly hopeful. but a number of -- hundreds of severe weather reports yesterday with damage as well. but luckily as far as we can see right now, no significant injury or fatalities. we'll keep you updated on last night's situation and today throughout the morning. >> rob marciano in the extreme weather center. confused, irrational and unfit for trial. that's part of a federal judge's ruling on suspected arizona gunman jared lee loughner. >> he's accused of shooting congresswoman gabrielle giffords and shooting six others. the hearing was brought to a
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brief halt with bizarre outbursts in court. one reporter heard him say, quote, thank you for the freak show. >> ted rowlands was there when it happened. he's live for us in tucson this morning. a very bizarre courtroom appearance as we said. what ended up happening, ted? >> reporter: well, kiran, it was a very dramatic day in court. loughner was pulled out of court because of his outbursts and this happened just moments before the judge in the case ruled that he was unfit to stand trial. jared loughner was pulled from his chair and dragged out of the courtroom by u.s. marshals during a mental competency hearing wednesday in tucson. it happened following an outburst from loughner who sounded like he said, thank you for the freak show. federal judge larry burns then ruled he was incompetent to stand trial for the january shooting rampage. the judge agreed with two mental health evaluation of loughner that concluded he doesn't
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understand what's going on in court and can't help in his own defense. he'll spend a few months in a mental health facility where prosecutors say they're confident he can be helped enough to stand trial. >> our goal has always been and will always be to go to trial in this case. we're prepared to go to trial. >> reporter: loughner pleaded not guilty to 49 charges. the shooting rampage outside a safeway wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords, causing brain damage and killed six people including a federal judge and 9-year-old christina taylor green. several of the victims were in court, some clearly upset with the ruling, others said they agreed with the judge. >> you don't have to be a professional psychiatrist to know that the boy is disturbed. >> reporter: criminal defense attorney greg kirkendal says there's a good chance he'll be able to stand trial. but a jury may send him to a mental hospital instead of prison. >> he's clearly got a diminished mental capacity right now. i think there's a strong argument that he had a deeply
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diminished mental capacity at the time of the crimes. >> reporter: we reached out to gabrielle giffords' office for comment, they say they're not commenting on this at all. they haven't commented on loughner up until now. they don't plan to start with this ruling. loughner will go to springfield, missouri, for a few months, then expected back in court in september. >> ted rowlands for us this morning. thanks so much. >> the question is what happens now with loughner. can he be rehabilitated? can he face trial? we'll take a closer look at this at 7:10. sunny hostin and clinical psychologist dr. jeff gardere will be here. president obama left london overnight touching down in france an hour ago for two days of meetings at the g-8 summit. leaders will be tackling issues like europe's debt crisis, america's budget deficit and global inflation and food prices. >> as expected the senate
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rejected the house republican budget plan put forth by congressman paul ryan. 40 republicans voted yes for the measure which includes a big point of contention, a provision to overhaul medicare. votes that are sure to make their way into campaign commercials in the next cycle. justice for elizabeth smart. brian david mitchell sentenced to life behind bars. the homeless street preacher was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting smart in 2002. the horrifying ordeal lasted noorly nine months. yesterday smart faced her abduct are in court and said though she could never get those nine months back, she was confident that mitchell would be punished. >> i told him today in court whether he received his just sentence here on earth or after this earth life that one day he'll have to be responsible for his actions. >> smart said she couldn't be happier with the sentence. new research showing an alarming problem among young
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adults. 20% of 22 to 34-year-olds have high blood pressure. that's a much higher number than once thought. over half have no idea that they have hypertension. high blood pressure's linked to early heart disease and stroke. a dangerous situation. >> it is not always obvious to someone that they have. >> especially for young people. >> stores about giving blood thinners to kids at ages as young as 8 because of diet and lack of movement. it's a dangerous trend. people keeping your hand unusually clean with hand sanitizer. repeated use of alcohol based hand sanitizers can lead to a positive urine test for high alcohol levels. >> if you drink it or use it on your hands? >> it goes in through the skin. but researchers say hand sanitizers don't impair you in any way. most women would pay almost anything to be beautiful. a research poll found that
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nearly 25% of women would turn down winning a million dollars in the lottery -- >> in exchange for david beckham? >> not -- for their dream body. we're talking about j. lo's curves or beyonce or halle berry's figure. >> the poll asked the question beauty or age. almost half of women polled said that they would rather be their ideal weight and five years younger. by the way, whoever cut this, i love the pictures. >> we're trying to whet your appetite here. here's the question of the day. which would you pick, the perfect body or a million dollars? the perfect body for life. >> and we don't know if it's a million dollars before or after taxes. >> don't overcomplicate the question. would you rather have a perfect body for life or a million bucks. >> or a million post-tax dollars. send us an e-mail, tweet, find us on facebook. we've all made our discussions. >> yeah. >> let's say a million dollars in small bills tax-free. >> a million clean bucks voirs
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the perfect body for life. that's settled. lawyers for john edwards are defiant in the face of possible federal charges. we'll give you the latest on the john edwards' legal saga. dominique strauss-kahn, as we know, he left the one pad and now has a luxurious new apartment on -- it was on the real estate sites for, what was it, 14 million bucks? >> wow. >> if you can pay for it, i guess you can do it.
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baby he admitted fathering. >> an indictment for a plea deal could come very soon. jim acosta is live in washington with the latest on the long legal struggle that's been going on behind the scenes. a lot of people may think this has come out of the blue, but this has been going on for a very long time. >> reporter: this has been going on for months and months, years and years really since that book came out from one of edwards' former staffers andrew young which laid out the government's case. cnn has reported on this, that the government has given the green light to federal prosecutors to seek some kind of indictment in this case. what is going on behind the scenes right now is that advisers to john edwards and john edwards himself are sort of debating whether or not it makes sense to go forward with the trial. or somehow try to get out of this situation he's in, try to come up with a plea agreement that will satisfy federal authorities. it's not clear at this point whether or not that's going to work out. and there was a pretty glaring
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statement that came out from john edwards's attorney, a powerful attorney here in washington, greg craig who essentially said that the government is not putting together a very strong case, essentially saying that this is really an fec matter and to lay it out for you, this is what the government is looking at, based on some of the claims coming from andrew young. and that is that campaign money from various donors to john edwards -- and we have sort of a graphic that can lay this out for you -- campaign money from john edwards' donors somehow went to rielle hunt are to keep her affair with john edwards quiet. some of those donors have been contacted by various reporters over the years. they have said through their attorneys they did not know that money was going to rielle hunter. but last night, yesterday, late in the day, greg craig, john edwards' attorney put out a statement. i want to read it for you. it's pretty interesting. actually quite emotional statement. john edwards has done wrong in
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his life and he knows that better than anyone, but he did not break the law. the government's theory is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. that from greg craig. they really feel like if you were talking about campaign contribution, we're talking about donations going to john edwards, then this is really a matter for the fec, the federal elections commission, and not a matter for federal prosecutors. guys? >> jim, thanks very much. it's a complex story but one you're on top of. we'll follow it with you. thanks, jim acosta. coming up, we're all kind of fascinated by the new digs that dominique strauss-kahn -- >> because it's far cry from rikers island. >> yes. luxurious digs. >> the monthly rental on a place like this is more than a average family makes in a year. when you think about what money it takes to put yourself in a big townhouse in tribeca. we'll talk about that. do you have these credit cards in your wallet? because you don't want them. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work,
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class. kids still have to work hard to find a job. >> maybe take a free internship first. outrage in new york this morning on the cover of all the papers here. the form esh imf chief dsk accused of attacking a maid at a luxury hotel. now moved into digs even more luxurious. we have the pictures the and the stories still ahead. which would you pick, the perfect body or a million dollars? send us an e-mail. we'll read some of your answers in a minute. some of the responses on twitter are hysterical. we love the minivan,
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breaking news out of serbia. police arresting a man suspected of being former military commander rat ko mladic. he's the highest ranking suspect still at large from the balkan wars from the 1990s. apparently this man has been ared in skreb neets za, which is in bosnia because he was the chief of staff of the bosnian serb army charged with a genocide. >> bringing this man to justice, to face justice has taken years and years, in part because there has been suspicion that inside serbia, the military perhaps -- >> hiding him. >> were hiding him. >> because they had a $10 million bounty on his head, international man hunt, yet still he's found right there at
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the site where prosecutors claim it all happened. we'll continue to follow the latest on this as we get new details on how this capture took place. >> ratko mladic -- someone they think is ratko mladic arrested in serbia. the old imf boss waking up this morning in spectacular digs. spending the night in style perhaps in a sprawling townhouse while he waits for his sexual assault trial to begin. >> we have a live look at strauss-kahn's 6800-square-foot luxury townhouse in the tribeca section of manhattan. if you're looking at it and you're not from new york, you are thinking, what -- >> that looks like a garage. >> right. it looks like a garage. the amount it costs to rent this room complete with a spa and home gym. >> deb feyerick, if you want to be in house arrest, this is the house you want to be in. >> the very rich simply live differently than the rest of us.
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yesterday i got a text around 7:30. it says dsk on the move. dominique strauss-kahn receiving the type of police security, not unlike that given to presidential candidates. ironic given that he was france's leading contender up until weeks ago. black lexus suv took him 30 minutes north to tribeca and a 6800-square-foot townhouse, a 50,000 a month rental. that's on top of the 200,000 that he's paying for his own court ordered security, a condition of his home detention. he's paying a quarter million dollars every month. although it is near some of the best restaurants in the city includinging de niro hot spot nobu, he's allowed to attend meetings with his lawyers. the townhouse, three story, got its own garage, boasts a state of the art in-home theater, six leather recliners, gym, spa,
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roof deck with a grill and wet bar in the master bedroom. who needs to leave home anyway? but strauss-kahn was turned down by one building, they didn't want him. and then kicked out of another. the "new york post" calling him the parisian pariah. he's out on $6 million bail. the courthouse is within easy walking distance, though he'll likely drive. it appear the district attorney has added some senior prosecutors to its team. and the alleged victim has added several lawyers. >> do taxpayers foot the bill in any way, shape or form, even with security? >> they do not. all the security -- that was one of the conditions of home detention. his wife is very wealthy. her family is sort of an art family, sold picassos, these famous paintings, before these painters were famous. so no, she's got the money -- but it's not costing. >> is there some -- >> because they're heavy hitters
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it would cost more than it normally would have. >> but is there something more than about the life of living in luxury about this place he's chosen? the rental markets, there are places available in manhattan that don't cost this kind of money. >> this is what they could get. >> because people knew they had -- >> it had to be a sort of self-contained. that means it was a townhouse. it had to not have a back exit. in a controlled environment. and his security people signed off on this. and the judge okayed it. so he didn't just sort of move willy-nil willy-nilly. right. >> the judge had to sign off does this meet every single criteria in terms of making sure he does not get out. >> you said he has a roof deck. technically that's outside. can they institute what's off limits, alcohol, you said there's a wet bar in the bedroom. can they make those parameters? >> technically not. he says he's not guilty and he's got the money, so technically no -- >> he can live wherever he
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wants. >> he just can't move at ease any more. >> deb feyerick, thanks. new testimony painting a disturbing picture of the florida mom accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter back in 2008. casey anthony's boyfriend testified that casey seemed happy and having a grand old time the day pros durts allege she killed her daughter caylee. casey asked to borrow a shovel. a heated exchange between antho anthony's attorney and reporters. look. >> can we ask if you plan to invite casey to the stand there? >> come on, guys. [ bleep ]. >> wow. >> get out of the way. get out of the way. >> you guys know we're here. >> get out of the way. >> with an outburst like that, that's kind of unacceptable, jose, don't you think. >> don't push us out in the street. >> get your hand off of me. >> jose, so you're pushing
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people around now. is that what you're doing? >> out of my way. >> you're committing an assault. >> no, i'm not. your thug here has -- >> anthony is back in court today. >> he referred to the security guy as a thug. i guess the camera -- it appeared that the cameraman accidentally tripped him, which sort of set off the defense attorney. but this is the type of publicity -- >> this is a case that is truly remarkable. we've got full coverage on hln and -- >> people are obsessed with this case right now. there have been three years of sort of conflicting stories, now a bombshell defense -- >> right because we hadn't heard this type of -- >> if you weren't sucked into that case by now, a tragic end, twisted case. now a lot of people are. the search for the missing goes on in joplin, missouri, the missing an unaccounted for. there's an estimate from officials that there are 1500 people still unaccounted for following sunday's deadly tornado. missouri's governor has
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dispatched additional state troopers to joplin to try to speed up the pros is of identifying remains and saiing those still looking for missing loved ones. that storm killed 125 people in joplin. check out this video showing the force of the joplin tornado. here's a family's backyard trampoline. some toys can be seen. it could be a backyard anywhere. now look at it being ripped apart by the tornado. trampoline picked up and shoved against the house. just look at the wind hurling objects at the camera. really get a sense of how cars and people were just sukd up and thrown hundreds of yards. according to the time codes on this video, the wind started picking up at around 9:35 p.m. the landscape changed. five minutes later at 5:44. pretty amazing. a quick check of the headlines. rob marciano in the extreme weather center. look at every piece of debris.
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rob always says that's so dangerous. the smallest piece of debris. this is how people get injured and killed. >> we talk about these storms and talk about one town getting completely demolished or one house getting wiped down, then another one being left unscathed, it really a lot of it has to do with luck. case in point, last night we had 81 reports of tornadoes i mean, that was an outbreak that we had last night. a very, very populated area. as of right now, zero fatalities from last night's storms. so that right there is something to be thankful for. and it gives you an idea just how hit and miss this kind of activity can be. all right. we'll start to ratchet back now as to the severity of the storms that we're forecasting for today. and especially as we get over the weekend. here's the storm. it's winding itself out just a little bit. right now there are no watches out and no warnings out. okay? that's another thing to be thankful for.
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i don't know if this is going to last all day. we've got a prty good chance of seeinging severe weather, tennessee valley to huntsville, north georgia. these aren't severe yet. as the sun heats up the ground again and the cold front starts to push off to the east, that's when we'll see the threat for severe weather start to get more intense later on today. here you go, we're starting to elongate this system and push it off towards the east. as it makes its way over the appalachians, it will lose its punch. a severe risk of thunderstorms. we do have delays to talk about. if you are traveling, 30-minute delays or 40-minute delays i think in chicago. could get up to there. rain in detroit and cleveland. 30 to 60 minute delays. atlanta, 30 to 60 minute delays with thunderstorms of the nonsevere variety expected across parts of dallas. here you go. here's our storm making its way slowly off to the east. very warm and humid ahead of it. that will be the main driver.
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because it is not set up for tornado. then another system movinging into the pacific northwest. the whole thing that started this event was a strong low pressure system that moved into the west coast late last week. and now traversing across the rest of the country. 61 for the high in st. louis today. 81 in atlanta and 79 degrees in new york. 90 for the high temperature in d.c. any thunderstorms that get there later on tonight and tomorrow, that may feel good and hopefully won't be quite that severe. guys, toss it back to you. >> rob, thanks so much. we're covering two pieces of international breaking news. a man thought to be ratko mladic, the former chief of staff of the bosnian army when the srebrenica massacre took place now believed to be under arrest. violence in yemen breaking out. separate incidents. we'll go to zain verjee after this break. o. hello. it's water from the drinking fountain at the mall.
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military operation that killed bin laden is increasing the mistrust between the u.s. and pack ka tan. no surprise there. pervez musharraf is now calling president obama arrogant. and he says the mission to take out bin laden was, quote, an act of war. here's more of what he told piers morgan in an exclusive interview. >> president obama said this week on british television for his state visit to britain that if the same event arose again, he would do the same. and if it happens in the future with other known terrorists in al qaeda, he'll take the same
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action. we have a clear now flash point between pakistan and america. >> i think this is putting the pakistan leadership and government on the -- and i think it's not a very responsible statement. >> you think it's irresponsible for president obama to say that? >> yes, indeed. >> because it basically implies that america has rights in terms of taking action on the sovereign soil as in pakistan with bin laden that it has a right to do that when it has no right to do that. >> certainly no country has no right to intrude on any other country. technically, it's an act of war. so therefore i think it is an irresponsible statement. and i think such arrogance should not be shown publicly to the world. >> that's pervez musharraf tonight with piers morgan at 9:00 eastern. >> it is worth noting that pervez musharraf was largely ousted by the current government that's in there with u.s.
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support. they forced him out -- he's -- he has a bone to pick with the u.s. at the moment. it's useful for him to look like he's speaking very strongly on behalf of the pakistani government. >> it is easier when you're out of office to not be as diplomatic. what we've heard from the current administration in pakistan is a little more -- >> tempered. >> yeah, tempered. probably the strongest language out of anyone -- >> he's an important man in the whole issue with the relationship with pakistan. meantime, breaking news. >> yeah, it looks like there is an arrest made in somebody who has been wanted for more than a decade. >> yeah. >> because of serbian war crimes, that massacre. >> the srebrenica massacre took place in 1995. you'll probably all remember it. 7,000 to 8,000 -- >> men and boys. >> -- men and boys were rounded up, walked into the woods and shot. the worst act of genocide -- >> since world war ii. >> as those mass gravs were
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uncovered slowly the horrors in this region came to light. and officials have been hunting to for people that led these -- >> this is ratko mladic. former chief of staff of the bosnian serb army who is said to be responsible for this. >> and said to be now nabbed. we'll tell you more about where this took place and some of the other details and why this is important today. 47 minutes after the hour. at wo, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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breaking news this morning following breaking news out of serbia. police in serbia are arresting a man suspected of being ratko mladic. he's the highest ranking war crimes suspect still at large from the balkan wars of the 1990s. lawyers for john edwards blasting the justice department's theory that the one-time candidate for vice president used campaign cash to hide an extra marital affair. cnn has learned an indictment for plea deal could come soon. accused arizona gunman jared lee loughner has been ruled mentally unfit to stand trial for mass murder. loughner will be treated and perhapsed medicated with hopes that his case could move forward then in a few months. president obama has touched down in france for the g-8 summit. leaders of the world's eight largest developed economies will be tackling global inflation and the debt crisis facing europe and the u.s. it's still a search and rescue mission in joplin, missouri. 1500 people remain unaccounted
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for following sunday's tornado that killed 125 people. missouri's governor is sending in more state troopers. the swollen mississippi river is letting up. u.s. army corps of engineers closing three of the 17 open flood gates at the morganza spillway. you're caught up on the day's headlines.
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51 minutes past the hour now. quarter century on air, oprah winfrey now signing off. >> an emotional oprah sat on her
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own stage, no free car, no wedding gowns, no dream vacations. it was oprah sharing something much more special with her loyal fans. >> yeah -- >> her advice really. >> it was a very intimate moment. you've been covering this for the past few days. the end of an era. >> it is. 25 years, 5,000 shows. a little tony robbins. very spiritual after two days of star-studded farewells at the united center. oprah went home to her own studio for her final show. the only celebrity there was oprah. >> and for her final bow, she did what she's done best for all of these years. she spoke directly to the audience with messages that have made her famous, sounding a little like a motivational speaker at times, a spiritual leader and, well, just oprah. >> nobody but you is responsible for your life. everybody has a calling. and your real job in life is to
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figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthrite. you alone are enough. >> it's hard to believe she won't be in our living rooms every weekday any more, but as i mentioned 25 years, 5,000 shows, millions of viewers. she took a walk down memory lane no surprise there. and she talked about her most memorable moments includinging the courage to talk about how she was abused as a child. it took courage to do that but it freed her to have others share their stories including this show with 200 men carrying photos of themselves as children when they were abused. it was quite a moving moment in the show. one of the most memorable, i have to say. finally when it came time to say good-bye, she gave this emotional message to her f
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followers. >> it is no coincidence that a lonely little girl who felt not a lot of love even though my parents and grandparents did the best they could, it is no coincidence i grew up to feel a genuine kindness, affection, trust and validation from millions of you all over the world. from you whose names i will never know, i learned what love is. you and this show have been the great love of my life. i won't say good-bye. i'll just say until we meet again. >> so no cars, no stars, no favorite things, just oprah. and ali, i know you were there at the united center for the final two shows -- >> right.
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>> -- before the final bow. i know you know her. i had an opportunity to interview her. >> i still remember. instead of barack obama won the election. >> it's intimidating. even for those of us who have been in the business for a time. she's just a different force. >> she is, yet at the same time she's so warm. i asked dr. oz, what makes her so special. he said, she's at once ordinary -- >> yes. >> -- and extraordinary. she understands why food stamps are important to people in their lives. yet she can sit with huge stars -- >> she's a life force. there are cynics growling the last show was an hour-long lecture, geez. >> those men you talked about yesterday, those morehouse men, we often think of her as somebody who influenced women. she's empowered people to be themselves. >> right. >> that's a bigger message than we hear about. >> it is. >> when she says, until we meet again, what's she doing? >> of course she has not just a show any more but an entire
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network on cable. >> so she's not gone. >> she's not gone, not by any stretch of the imagination. can you imagine oprah being gone. she'll be able to focus on own, oprah winfrey network. they've had a management change at the top. and so it needs her attention and her love. and so. >> all right. >> so stay tuned for that. >> thank you, alina. >> you bet. >> we'll have more on the ek braing news out of serbia. wanted for more than a decade, police arresting ratko mladic. the former serbian military commander in bosnia or at least they're arresting a man they believe is ratko mladic after ten years. details ahead.
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extreme weather. new video this morning from joplin, missouri, capturing the sheer force of the tornado that left so many lives shattered. from the big house to a townhouse, a spa, home theater and 6800 square feet of space. the perks of house arrest for dominique strauss-kahn, on this "american morning." good morning.
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it's thursday, may 26th. welcome to "american morning." we've got a lot of breaking news, international news and right here in the united states. >> that's right. we start with extreme weather happening right now. towns from texas to the great lakes under the gun this morning from a combination of high winds, heavy rains and, again, the threat of tornadoes. >> unbelievable. in oklahoma the governor declaring a state of emergency in 68 counties hit. look at this tornado. that is remarkable. taken by storm chaser. about as close as you can get to a tornado without being hit by it. 16 people have been hit in the latest round of storm that's not including what happened sunday in joplin, missouri. >> let's go to joplin where they're picking up pieces this morning. the death toll now up to 125. an estimated 1500 people have not yet been accounted for. later this morning state officials will release a list of those who are missing or unaccounted for so they can figure out how many people just haven't been heard from.
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>> right. >> and how many people are missing -- >> there's a distinction there. there's a distinction. >> right. >> some people thing they have loved ones there -- >> the cell service is spotty. >> hard to communicate. >> casey wian is there with our team in joplin, missouri, this morning. good morning, casey. >> yeah, good morning, ali. you know amid all this death and destruction, there are really some incredible stories of survival and peel beginning to put their lives back together. imagine surviving one of the worst tornadoes in u.s. history by holding on to a couple of dog crates while your home collapses around and on top of you. a beautiful house in a joplin, missouri, suburb, reduced to a memory. it belonged to jim and stacy richards who are just now telling a harrowing tale of survival. jim was at work when the tornado struck. >> i started to come home, i got a text from my wife. the first couple were gibberish. then finally it came through saying help, roof, under.
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>> reporter: then came a desperate voice mail from stacy. jim hasn't been able to bring himself to listen to all of it until now. >> god, help! help! >> there was this kind of pressure in my ears, and the next thing i know dirt and grit and stuff was hitting me in the face. i realized that the roof was coming off. >> she was in between those two kennels. >> those two kennels, yes. she tried to have one hand on top of each, one on each. >> i could feel the dog's crate lifting up. i got on the floor and i was holding the dog crates and i had one other dog under my arm. things started to land on me. and i actually did get trapped. i remember thinking the next thing that lands on me, i'm going to probably die. >> reporter: stacy was pinned for about 20 minutes unable to contact her husband or son. >> my son texted me and said,
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are you okay. and it was the most awful thing because i couldn't tell him no, i'm not. and that was awful. laying there screaming and screaming and screaming. and it was horrible. >> reporter: stacy and her three dogs survived, rescued by a neighbor. >> i have no idea how she walked out of this. >> reporter: battered and bruised, she still has a sense of humor. >> no, i don't feel like door oth in kansas. i felt like stacy in joplin with a house that was ripping off from the foundation. >> reporter: they took refuge in a local hotel enduring another round of tornado warnings tuesday night. the next morning jim met with his insurance company to assess the damage. >> we've got everything. we've got three bedroom, two bath. we'll get them paid today or tomorrow. >> reporter: the richards haven't decided whether they're going to use those insurance proceeds to rebuild or relocate. for now they're moving to a new
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hotel that's being paid for by a friend who has donated his frequent travel are rewards points. just one example of this community coming together and helping those affected by this tragedy. >> casey, we'll continue to follow this. unfortunately, this story's not over. not only because of the other weather around. >> right. >> but the weather that's been there is hampering the searches. we're trying to figure out who the 1500 unaccounted people -- >> what happens when the nation's focus is no longer on there? this is months, weeks years -- >> i'm always amazed by how quickly the insurance adjusters are there. >> yes. >> but not long after the insurance adjusters come the scammers who want to take your money. a lot of times the insurance will give you the money right away. so be careful of the people coming behind the insurance adjusters. this is where the scams come in to play in the next part of the story. it's unfortunate, but that's what we'll start watching out for now. >> as we also said, the rough
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weather is not over yet. rob marticiano has a look at wh else we can be expecting. >> hi, good morning again, guys. severe weather today. severe weather last night and yesterday. over 800 reports of severe weather with damaging hail, wind and over 80 reports of tornadoes, one of which came in california, of all places. look at this video across central and northern california, chico, near redding, obviously shot from a helicopter. this caused some minor damage on the ground. likely an ef-1 or even a 0. nonetheless, california tornado fairly rare as it is. and to mix it into the bunch that we're dealing with here in the midwest, no state immune from this. as far as what we're looking at today, we've got the mother storm itself progressing to the east slowly. a threat for severe weather. right now no watches or warnings out. that will change as we go throughout the day, especially
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with what's going on down south. humid and certainly hot. as a matter of fact, everybody east of the appalachians will see temperatures that will feel more like summer. that will add fuel to the fire. guys, just to make a point -- by the way, no fatalities with the 81 tornadoes we saw. that might say that mother nature is becoming somewhat merciful. in tuscaloosa and the alabama tornadoes there were over 500 people unaccounted for for over a week. what they have to do as far as getting those lists together and checking names off the list, it's quite a job to endure. don't be too pessimistic about that number right now. >> we talked as well there's a lot of websites out there, the american red cross has one as well, saying if you are safe and well, please register. if you're looking for someone, please register. they're trying their best and bringing out more state troopers -- >> to help out.
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>> -- to assist. police in serbia arresting a man suspected of being former serbian military commander ratko mladic. this according to b-92 radio station. mladic is the highest ranking war crimes suspect still at large from the 19 0s. he's wanted on charges of genocide, extermination and murder. wanted by the international tribunal for the former state of yugoslavia. police are performing dna tests to confirm if this is indeed ratko mladic. knick rob nic roberts has been covering this story for years. >> he's been searched for for probably 15 years now since the end of the war in bosnia. he's the last remaining and the
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senior most fugitive to be caught, if this is indeed him. he was responsible for the extermination, for the killing of more than 7,000 men and boys in the town of srebrenica, the eastern side of bosnia in the summer of 1995 as bosnian serb military forces swept through that enclave. he's responsible for three years of indiscriminate shelling of the city of sarajevo killing hundreds upon hundreds of people with mortars and tank rounds. he's the biggest figure out there on the wanted list for the moment. and his capture, if it certainly is him, will certainly in a way bring to a close the attempt to bring to justice those responsible for the war crimes in bosnia. he would likely go to the hague and end up at the criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia. >> he was indicted in 1995.
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and there have been those along the way who have said for him to live in this country, in this region for so long, he must have had help from serbian nationalists. what do we know, if anything, i guess about the complicated courts of trying to find him and bring him to justice? >> certainly we've reacted on tips over the past half a dozen years at least, belgrade, the building where he was believed to be living with his family, there was laundry drying on the line outside. the neighbors there in the apartment were incredibly hostile. he's believed to have wide sympathy among the serbian nationalists who see him as a hero who stood up for them in the balkan wars of the 1990s. he's also believed to be on the serbian army payroll for many years after the war in a sort of retired capacity. and his accomplice, his
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political accomplice, the bosnian serb leader radovan karadzic was taken to the international criminal tribunal caught within the past couple of years, he was living in plain sight in belgrade. he had a long gray beard and was passing himself off as a sort of psychic healer-cum-doctor. he's undoubtedly had a network of staunch supporters, no doubt helping him remain hidden. >> thank you very much, knick robertson in libya. >> bloodshed in sanaa this morning. 28 people were killed overnight by an explosion in an armed storage area. more than 40 people have died since monday as demonstrators continue to call on president ali abdul asali to step down. they've ordered nonessential diplomats to leave the country.
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welcome back. accused arizona gunman jared lee loughner will not stand trial for mass murder, at least not right now. a federal judge has ruled that the man who shot gabrielle giffords and killed six others, a judge has ruled he is mentally unfit. >> as if to illustrate the point, an outburst in court yesterday. loughner was dragged out of the hearing after one reporter heard him say, quote, thank you for the freak show. >> it was a very disturbing -- that's how witnesses describe it in the court. joining us, sunny hostin from trutv's "in session" a former prosecutor and also clinical
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psychologist jeff gardere. legally speaking, sunny, the judge ruled that loughner was not mentally competent to stand trial but this doesn't mean this is where it ends. they're trying to make him competent so that he can? >> that's right. the legal standard is prty straightforward and the issues before him were really straightforward. it is only whether or not he understood the proceedings against him and whether or not he could aid his attorneys in his defense. those were the only issues before him. and the court ordered psychologists to meet with him and they found him to be incompetent. but the u.s. attorney of arizona said they are confident that he can be may competent. he goes to a mental institution -- >> yeah, he has four months. what will happen in four months that will make him be able to stand trial? >> in four months, i guess around september, for another hearing, what they'll do is give him psycho therapy, but more than anything else, he has to be on medications. psychotropic medications because
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they found hum to be a paranoid schizophrenic. if he says he doesn't want to take the medication, which you can bet your bottom line here he won't, they will force-medicate him so that he can become competent. >> are there ethical considerations in that? forcing someone to take medication to stand trial for something that maybe he wasn't competent to have committed in first place? >> there may be some ethical considerations, but you have to look at it if he was not charged and a danger to himself and a danger to others, they would force-medicate him anyway -- >> and the judge would oerd it. >> that's right. >> he can fake this. two different psychologists say he's schizophrenic. >> they had a psychologist and a psychiatrist and they said that he was not malingering, he was not faking it and he does not seem like a person who wants to do it at this point. >> this is interesting, sunny. a lot of people think you're getting off with something. >> and you're not. >> you would rather actually probably go through the legal
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system than to just be what, in a mental facility. >> that's right. and there are some people that are never found competent i can think of many, many -- >> what happens to them. >> they -- >> 10, 14 years. >> if this guy is up for life, he may spend life trying to become competent. >> let me ask you a question. once he's found -- if he can become competent to stand trial, then they have to understand whether he knew right from wrong. >> that's right. >> you can be paranoid schizophrenic and still know right from wrong. >> that's right. >> let's remember that less than 1% of folks who invoke the insanity defense get found legally insane. that is not a successful defense. the standard for that has really been narrowed because remember hinckley. >> yes. >> attempted to assassinate reagan in 1981. since then really there's been an outrage and people do not like the insanity defense. >> but i will tell you this. it will be an insanity defense, number one. and number two, this is a boom for the defense because
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obviously this man is very crazy. both the prosecution and the defense have not disagreed on this. >> -- vigorously tried to help this guy before in terms of mental health. maybe something would have turned out differently. it is just an impossibility to do that? >> no, and someone had asked me this before. should we feel sorry for this particular guy because he is so crazy. and i say, yes, we should, but we should feel sorry for the victims and for society that cannot handle some of these paranoid schizophrenics -- >> it's a terrible situation. >> -- who refuse to get medical assistance. it is part of their illness because they're paranoid! >> that's the system that doesn't help. >> not yet. and we haven't figured it out yet. a lot of these folks are slipping through the cracks. that's why his parents were sitting with the rest of the folks and they were crying, the mother was crying. >> it just seems so strange to
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medicate someone to get them so that they can stand trial -- you know, the whole process just seems so complicated. >> you're right, but if nothing else -- >> right. >> but if you're in jail, you want to medicate him to get better. you have to force-medicate him. >> it's a very treacherous way to live also. >> yes, absolutely. >> sunny, thanks, guys. i want to update you on breaking news. the serbian president has confirmed that they've arrested ratko mladic for the 1995 extermination and murder of some 7,000 men and boys in srebrenica. ratko mladic has been arrested, this is according to the serbian president confirming this. we'll be watching and waiting to get more details about where he has been hiding and we'll give you more context about the crimes he's accused of. but this is the last big member, the last big arrest now in a very horrible period in the balks -- >> he's said to be responsible for the massacre in srebrenica
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we serving his house arrest in style. >> you're looking at a luxury townhouse in one of the most upscale neighborhoods in manhattan. it has just about everything including a new tenant, the former imf chief. if you are living in peoria, you're like what? >> but that is new york. >> that's exactly right. not only a create great area, trendy, hot, people really want to move there. this move won't win him sympathy from new yorkers who talk about square feet the same way that many people talk about sports statistics. livinging in the temporary digs down on broadway, the text came in saying dsk on the move. dominique strauss-kahn receiving the kind of police security not unlike that given to a presidential candidate. that's ironic given that he was france's leading contender for that post before the allegations of sexual assault. you can see him leaving that
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building, a black lexus suv took him 30 blocks to tribeca and a 6800-square-foot townhouse. $2,000 a foot, by the way. it doesn't look like much, it certainly costs a lot. the rental itself, $60,000 a month according to some reports. now, that's on top of the 200,000 that he's paying for his own court-ordered security, a condition of his home detention. although near some of the best restaurants in the city including robert de niro hot spot nobu. he'll be confined to court, religious services and meetings with his lawyers. you can see the pictures put together of the townhouse. boasts a state of the art home theater, with six leather recliners, deck with a grill and wet bar in the master bedroom. there are four bedrooms. who needs to leave home?
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there's a huge skylight. in all fairness he was turned down by one building and then kicked out of another. one new york columnist calling him the parisian pariah. he's out on $6 million bail. the courthouse is within easy walking distance. it appears that the district attorney has added senior prosecutors to his team and the alleged victim has added heavy hitters possibly to consider a civil suit. >> thank you so much, deb. >> of course. >> we want to update you on breaking news happening out of serbia. just moments ago that serbian president boris tadic has confirmed the arrest of ratko mladic. here is ha he said a short time ago at a news conference. >> on behalf of the republic of serbia, we announce that we have arrested ratko mladic. extradition process is under way. this is the result of full cooperation of serbia tribunal.
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we've always believed in our strategy and the work of everyone involved in this process. >> mladic was the highest ranking war crimes suspect still at large from the balkan wars accused of leading the bloody siege against sarajevo and the attack against srebrenica killing 8,000 muslim men and boys. >> the west had a tough time getting in there to confirm the reports of the mass murder. there were elements saying that the west had created this out of thin air, that there were no massacres. >> it was considered a safe zone. the u.n. was supposed to be protecting -- >> it was supposed to be protecting. >> serious lapses in judgment and mistakes that led to that -- that allowed that massacre, the largest in europe since world war ii. >> mladic has been living now for years and years in the
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country and as nic robertson reported sometimes on the payroll of the military even, if you've got serbia wanting to pay its way into the european union, a high profile arrest like this shows that it is reconciling its history and perhaps able to move forward as a member of the community. we're awaiting major developments in the case against john edwards. cnn has learned that an indictment or plea deal could come within days. >> they claim the candidate used his campaign cash to pay off his mistress so she would stay quiet about their affair and the baby he fathered while he was married to a popular political spouse who happened to be suffering from cancer. >> jim acosta with more on this. they're slamming this, his lawyers. >> reporter: they really are. quite a surprising statement to come out of the edwards' camp. think about just the magnitude
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of this tragedy that is john edwards. he made a fortune as a famous trial lawyer in north carolina. now it's looking more likely that the senator and vice presidential candidate will be at the center of his own courtroom drama. cnn has learned that the justice department has giveton green light to federal prosecutors to seek an indictment against edwards. it is based on allegations of a former staffer andrew young who in a book said that edwards was using campaign cricks to pay his mistress rielle hunter. his wife elizabeth edwards was totally oblivious to all this as she was battling cancer. afc that all later changed and she died. he released a rather emotional statement yesterday accusing the government of wasting million of dollars on what he characterized as weak case. john edwards has done wrong in his life and he knows that better than anyone, but he did
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not break the loaw. they're trying to make the case that this is a matter for the federal elections commission. cnn has learned that edwards and his lem team are debating whether to accept a plea agreement in this case. edwards wants to avoid any deal that would put a felony on his record. that would mean giving up his law license which would essentially end his legal career. but going to prison would be much worse for edwards who is now the only parent left for the children he fathered with elizabeth. but thinking about this case, imagine going to trial down in north carolina, guys, with the damage that's been done to john edwards' credibility. you know, somebody cheating on his wife as she was dealing with cancer, fathering this child out of wedlock, then denying the child was his. it will be very difficult for john edwards to get a jury that will put all of that aside. that's a part of their
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deliberations as well. >> two things in the john edwards camp right now. >> he knows he's in big trouble. that's why we're kind of near the endgame in all of this. his attorneys know and i'm sure they're telling him, look, would you rather have a felony on your record and lose your law license or would you rather go to prison? that's the situation that john edwards is facing right now. >> we'll check in with you later, jim acosta in washington. while ali velshi was in joplin, missouri, picking through the wreckage of this big storm. >> and trying to avoid another tornado. >> we were showing you pictures of storm chasers. one of those is here. he'll drop by with his wife. not only was he chasing this storm, the joplin storm, but also the storm two days later in oklahoma. cer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience.
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39 minutes past the hour. when a dangerous storm is approaching, most people -- and it would be common sense -- head in the other direction and fast. but our next guest is inclined to run right toward it, in fact. >> jeff is a storm chaser. he was in joplin when the powerful tornado hit last
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sunday. he captured incredible video of that and the oklahoma twister two days later. >> we asked jeff and his wife katherine to drop by from tulsa to explain to us about this quest to see these storms and what you saw in particular. jeff, let's talk about joplin first. you said right away you knew that this storm, this tornado was unique. tell me what you saw forming over joplin. >> you know, sunny afternoon we're in southeast kansas and southwest missouri here storm chasing. one of the things that we recognized right off the beginning is when the storm developed southwest of joplin we had sophisticated software that we use to track the storms. that system told me that we're going to have very strong indications of a rapidly developing tornado on the southwest side of the city. i literally saw the large rotating wall cloud on the southwest side of the city. it was not on the ground yet. within seconds of me getting on the scene a mile and a half
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south of here, we saw rotating rain curtains. we saw a large tornado on the ground. it went from 100 yards wide to a quarter-mile wide and 30 seconds later a half mile wide. this thing came down as an f-4, almost instantaneously went to a mile wide and moved across the south of the state at about 30 miles an hour as an ef-5 and did tremendous catastrophic damage another this location. >> i want our viewers to listen to this clip where you're telling police officers that a tornado is coming. let's listen to this. >> hey, guys? the tornado's trying to come down right here. the winds are out of the north, then coming back around. the tornado is right here. it is coming on the ground right here. get the sirens going, get the sirens going, i'm telling you. >> tell me about that. the alarm sounded 30 seconds after that. you said the police didn't even know the danger was there.
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>> they already had a previous tornado warning in effect for a tornado just northwest of a city of joplin. a new tornado warning had sh issued before the tornado set down. the city of joplin had two tornado warnings 17 minutes before the tornado touched down on the city. the sirens had already previously been going off before we came to the city. then they set them back off again after we talked to the policeman about it's developing right now. i called 911 back again and talked to them and told them what was happening as we traveled through the city as the tornado was getting worse as it traveled through the city of joplin. >> so behind you we're looking at joplin, missouri, but you were also in oklahoma. we saw the next day, two nights ago, the devastation as well in oklahoma. how exactly did you know where to go? i mean, i know that there is a broad map explaining where some of these storms could touch down, but you were right in the
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thick of both of these events in different states. >> well, after chasing for 35 years we know the weather patterns. this morning it is very chilly here in joplin. tomorrow the warm front comes back north. we'll have warm moist air in the plains, we'll have severe weather tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. we know a lot of times weeks in advance, the patterns set up. within a day or two we start focusing on where is the likely target. and that's the area with focused on and that's where we know where to go. >> katherine, as the wife of a storm chaser, do you have -- yeah, i mean, some of us would say you need your head examined to be chasing storms like this. you have sophisticated software and you know what you're doing, i get it. but do you ever get nervous when chasinging the big storms?
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>> i don't really get nervous because i've been doing it for so long now. actually 14 years. it takes a lot of studying and going to classes and doing that kind of thing. but to be really hyperaware of the situation. jeff, of course, you know, he's been doing it for over 35 year. we have sophisticated software as he was saying. i feel very safe. >> kathryn and jeff piotkowski, the sheer power and force. just another way to tell the story. >> in some cases they're alerting people. they're calling police and say ---y we heard this in a couple that say don't come down on to this highwayp. >> if you live anywhere that a tornado might hit, it makes you think where would you go? do you have an inventory of everything in the house in days you need to be insured. >> they live right in tornado
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a lot going on this morning. here's what you need to know to start your day. police in serbia arresting former serbian military commander ratko mladic. he's the highest ranking war crimes suspect from the balkan wars of the 1990s. he's wanted on charges of genocide, extermination and murder among other charges by the criminal tribunal for the former yugoslavia. the state department has ordered all nonessential diplomats to leave yemen and is warning all u.s. citizen to do the same. this after another bloody crackdown in sanaa. president obama has arrived in france for the g-8 summit. leaders will be tackling issues like the global debt crisis, the middle east peace process and finding a new leader for the imf. conde nast will be an anchor tenant in the new world trade
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of alarming, finding that almost 20% of young people have high blood pressure, even scarier is that most of them don't know it. >> if you are young, you don't think you need to get it checked. our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta joins us live from atlanta. what's this all about? why do we have a whole bunch of young people with high blood presh why yo pressure? >> this is the people that they think they are perfectly healthy. they don't bother getting check-ups, because they have never had a problem. as much as we have talked about childhood obesity, we are starting to see some ramifications in these children. this was the first study of its kind. 14,000 teenagers were fallen. they get between 28 and 42. 20% of them had high blood pressure. between a quarter and a half of them didn't know it. this is the stage of life where they go from adolescents being somewhat active, that active adolescents, to transitioning to
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adulthood. a lot of people start to slowdown in terms of activity. their diet tary choices start to worsen. a vulnerable period. we are talking about hypertension. you are talking about a blood vessel, the impact of the pressure on the blood vessel. there are two numbers, a systolic and dystolic. that's the higher number. the dystolic is when that blood vessel starts to relax. systolic over dystolic, you want that number typically to be 120/80 or lower than that. in their case, higher than 140/90. that's considered hypertension and a problem. that's what they are focused on. a quarter to a half of them had no idea that they had it. >> what do you do then? we talk about people not working out. more people obese. you talk about that all the time and the fact that our diets, more processed food. more salt. what do you do? >> one of the first things, this is important, that the guidelines suggest that you start having your blood pressure
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checked when you are 18 years old. again, most people don't think about that. i think we need to change that culture a little bit. as young as 18 years old, get your blood pressure checked. unchecked blood pressure, hypertension untreated for long periods of time, that can lead to heart disease. diet has a big part of it as well. let me focus specifically on sodium. you are right, kiran, we talk a lot about fatty diets and all those things. the amount of sodium we take in on average is double to triple what we should be taking in. there are some hidden sources of this for sure. tomato juice, for example, i see people drinking this on planes all the time. more than 400 milligrams. you don't want to be eating more than 2 grams in a day. chicken noodle soup, more than a gram. frozen foods, they often use salt and sodium to preserve it. you are eating that sodium as
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well. you can get almost your full allotment of sodium in one of those frozen food dishes. you want to be real specific in terms of advice you give. diet, especially sodium, makes a huge difference. >> sanjay, you can break the sodium in the tomato juice with vodka? >> you would probably get more sodium in the vodka as well, ali. >> he is such a killjoy. >> come on. i'm here to help. >> quick question, sanjay. kiran and i were just asking about this. if somebody got a physical or a well visit or something like that every year, a blood pressure check is part of that, right? >> absolutely. a blood pressure check is part of that. a simple thing to do. >> next up, we are going to talk to you about how to deal with your kids and a tornado disaster. or any kind of similar frightening event or national disaster. a fire, a flood. what should you be telling your kids if they are exposed to
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i'm christine romans. serbia's greatest war criminal captured. i'm kiran chetry. a lot on the table, the global debt crisis, trying to negotiate middle east peace and finding a new boss for the imf. a federal indictment looms for john edwards. i'm ali velshi, accused of using campaign cash to hide a sex scandal. his lawyers are publicly blasting the justice department on this american morning. good morning, everyone. it is thursday, may 26th, a very busy morning. both in the u.s. cleaning up after these tornadoes and also big international news this morning. >> we have breaking news out of se serbia. serbia's president is confirming the arrest of former serbian commander ratka mladic. 'fugitive he has been since the
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1990s. >> he is accused of masterminding bloody assaults of sar rea voe and where several,000 boys were killed, rounded up in the woods and shot. >> jamie ruben joining us, executive director of the bloomberg view. >> this has been an odyssey, people who want justice for what happened in the woods. >> i remember speaking from the state department podium. i was the spokesman shortly after his indictment. we used to be regularly questioned by members of the media quite aggressively. when are you going to get this guy. how come he is still at-large? i heard, his day will come. it has finally come. it is a limit late. >> why now?
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>> serbia has gone through a revolution. being out of the mainstream of europe and being a pariah country, it was bad for them. they have worked their way through. first, they captured the president of former mladic. he is the symbol now that the president from serbia has died in the prison. he is the symbol of this terrible mass keacre you were talking about. the one that in many ways provoked the west to act as it was in '95, when president clinton who had frankly not been willing to push the europeans into action before that. he finally decided, enough is enough. this massacre occurred. he gathered together his european colleagues and the air strikes were conducted that brought peace to bosnia, ended
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the war, stopped the siege and stopped thousands more people who would have surely died. >> you talk about lessons learned. the united nations just recently acknowledging their errors for declares that was a protected zone and then secondly just, i guess, the environment in which this was, quote, allowed to happen. what did the international community learn about preventing genocide in the wake of world war ii? >> this was my -- some people say, a little older than us, they say vietnam was the war of their generation. to are me and many of my friends and colleagues, bosnia was the war that brought us to an understanding of the world. what really happened there for many years is nobody would take responsibility. by nobody, i mean none of the countries involved. the u.n. is only as good as the determination of its major countries. the u.n. has failed. they offered a safe area for all
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these people. there were five of them, i believe. one of them was serbernitza. >> they offered safe haven? >> yes, for the bosnian refugees. they pr promised protection and mladic and his military footage came in and there was gruesome footage separating men and boys from their mothers and sisters and sending them off patting a little boy saying, everything will be fine. all these men and boys were slaughtered, killed in this terrible massacre. the u.s., i think this is known now, had satellite data. that was part of what convinced the security council at the time. >> they denied it. they said, we made this up. this didn't really happen. they found the bodies. >> they said pretty much anything during those days. what's important to answer your question is that a precedent was set that when the major countries of the world finally
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are prepared to act, genocide can be prevented. it was kosovar that followed bosnia when the world acted before the genocide. >> there is rwanda. there is darfur. we said, there will be wars but genocide will stop. we weren't going to forget. we haven't figured out how to prevent genocide. we know how to but we have not figured out how to get the will together to prevent these things. are we smarter today? would this happen again today? >> i think not. after the horror we saw in '95, this happened after rwanda. >> president clinton evoked that. >> and later admitted this was the policy in which he had the most regret, that he didn't act.
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if you track the world since sechlt rbernica and rwanda, first, you have kosovar where he decides to act early. an outside expert says it is the only case where genocide was presented before it was going to happen and you bring it all the way to libya and although libya is not now arguably a successful operation, the fact that people considered doing it, the fact that president obama and the european leaders invoked the fear of mass slaughter, convinced them to act and arguably, there would have been a mass slaughter, had nato not ablged. so, in a sense, it was prevented in libya. >> back to what's going on with him. is he going to face a war trial at the haig? what happens in terms of this man? >> right now, the steps are very clear. serbia, the man who the
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president announced this consciously, the european's most important official is in belgrade. lady ashton who is called the foreign minister of europe. serbia wants to join the european union. become a normal european state. the biggest single obstacle stated by all the countries was, no, not until there is cooperation with the war crimes. >> reconciliation of your history is a precursor for joining the european community. >> exactly. that was code for getting mladic. ma la ditch was captured today. i believe he will be sent to the hague after the appropriate procedures for extradition are gone through. then, i think serbia has given itself a boost in terms of rejoining the community of nations in europe and being part of the european union. it is not going to happen quickly. these are very complex, economic and political decisions. the one issue that had prevented
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them and made it impossible to move forward was mladic and they got him. that's very important. >> as nic robertson reported, there are those within the country who protected and harbored him, no question, because they sympathize with his position. >> they thought he was a hero. >> we will leave it there. thank you so much. we really appreciate it, jamie ruben. . >> still following more breaking international news. from yemen, the capital city there, sana, a bloody battle between government security forces leaving more than 20 killed overnight. demonstrators continue to call on the president to step down. the state department has ordered all nonessential u.s. diplomates to leave the country. north korea leader, kim jong il has reportedly wrapped up several days of secret talks with chinese officials in beijing. on chinese television, he has agreed to adhere to the goal of a nuclear free korean peninsula.
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president obama is in france for the start of two days of talks at the g-8 summit. meeting with japan's prime minister to discuss reconstruction after march's devastating earthquake and tsunami. leaders from the eight largest economies in the world are on hand tackling issues like the global debt crisis, middle east peace and global inflation and soaring food prices for many countries. cnn has learned a major development could come in the john edwards case in a matter of days. an entimt or plea deal is expected. federal prosecutors claim that edwards used campaign cash as hush money for former real hunt. lawyers for edwards slammed the department saying the government's theory is wrong and insisting that edwards did not break the law. a man captures amazing video of the oklahoma tornado and it ends up dem mol ishing his three-story home. the frantic final moments as the
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a new round of violent storms hammering the nation's midsection right now threatening people from texas to the great lakes. some 80 tornadoes have been reported over the past 24 hours alone. as rob marciano noted, it is quite remarkable there were no deaths associated with 80 tornadoes. dozens of injuries, though, and thousands of people in parts of texas and arkansas have been told to take cover. oklahoma's governor declaring a state of emergency in 68 oklahoma counties hit by
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tornadoes. this video taken by storm chasers is as amazing as it is dangerous. it is about as close as you can get to one of these. as his family raced to escape a powerful tornado, an oklahoma man was unable to get the beloved family dog into the safe room in the garage. >> the house took a direct hit. it is no the what you think because the story had does have a happy ending. >> ed laugh endara tells us how the family was able to ryu night with their best friend. >> reporter: these are the frantic moments. >> it is coming right over us. >> reporter: just before frank woods scrambled up the stairs to his balcony and saw the tornadic beast for the first time staring him straight in the eyes. >> that's once in a lifetime. you'll probably never see this again. and it's moving fast. it is huge.
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>> wood rushed his children down into the garage and locked themselves in a rock solid, reinforced safe room. they couldn't grab the family's dog in time, a boxer named roxy. >> she was standing there staring at me and i'm trying to get her to come in. i had to shut the door. >> i thought she was just going to get sucked up by the tornado. >> reporter: so kind of heart-breaking to close that door and leave her outside? >> yeah. >> reporter: time had run out. moments later, the tornado strikes the wood's home. >> here is a sypherer. >> reporter: a good thing to have. >> it saved our lives. >> reporter: this is what the house looked like before the tornado, three stories tall, overlooking 12 green acres. the tornado shredded the top two stories. frank woods pickup truck was thrown almost 300 yards into a ditch. >> you are completely helpless.
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it is beyond your control. we just got there on our knees and just sat there. it was over. >> reporter: roxy is nowhere to be found. and 8-year-old paisley wood is devastated. we climbed through the rubble to find the sky is the ceiling. frank wood hunting for anything that might bring a smile to his daughter's face. >> this is her teddy bear she got when she had her appendix out about three months ago at children's hospital. >> reporter: but paisley cannot stop thinking about her dog. >> that was the most upsetting thing to the kids, was roxy. >> reporter: a phone call one day after the storm and almost two miles away, david franco, an oil rig worker cease a dog walking around his worksite. >> as soon as i saw her, i knew she belonged to somebody maybe the house got destroyed. >> reporter: pacely and her family jump in the truck and race to see if it is true that the dog somehow managed to escape the tornado grip.
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the moment she had been hoping for. >> roxy. >> reporter: it is roxy. >> thank you very much. here we go. bless her little heart. >> reporter: she survived, who knows how with only a small scratch on her leg. >> reporter: what do you think of finding your dog? >> awesome. >> reporter: you didn't think you were going to see roxy again, did you? >> no. >> reporter: when you found out she was okay? >> i was very happy. i started dancing. >> reporter: the happy dance? >> yes. >> reporter: they might not have a place to call home but they have got each other and roxy too. ed lavandera, cnn, pete monday, oklahoma. >> that's a great story. all the fear but darn dog, why didn't you listen in the first place? >> that's what happened to christine. >> i don't talk about it very much but i got hit by a tornado when we were a kid at our house and the dog was sucked out of the garage. i remember my mom and dad looking at each other saying i
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don't think candy is there. it was very upsetting. the tornado past and you could hear the scratching at the door. the dog was sucked out and came back and everything was fine and for the rest of my life, i will never forget that scratching at the door. >> like those kids, you won't forget that. to find out how you can help the tornado victims in joplin, go to and you will find the organizations that are pitching in. they lost everything, people who got hit by that tornado. >> and still feeling lucky, though, because they said, i may have lost everything but i have my family. in the days, weeks, and years that follow, this is clearly something that's going to have an impact on their lives. >> how do you talk to kids about it? how do you get them through? we will be joined by someone that specializes in this. >> and natural disasters of all kinds. to make sure this is something you can use with your family. parents, you might want to do your shopping right now. toy prices are expected to go up in the coming months. we will tell you why it is going
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121 minutes after the hour. stock futures are up slightly after wall street snaps a three-day losing streak. the dow gained 39 points. the nasdaq and s&p 500 were also up. your kids christmas list could cost you more. chinese toy makers are paying more for labors and materials and those costs will be passed on to consumers in time for christmas. if you just got your college diploma, three out of four companies plan to hire new graduates. 23% plan to hire more grads than they did last year. the man best known as the co-founder of pay paul apal is g
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2400 students $100 to drop out of college to start their own business. peter says the idea is to help talented people live up to their full potential without being saddled with enormous college debt. he wants to help them do that. coming up in about 15 minutes, we will talk to peter thiel whether it is a good idea to encourage students not to go to college. american morning back after this break.
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27 minutes past the hour. we have an update for you. you may remember the video we showed you on monday morning capturing the terror of 20 people that made a life-saving call to run into a convenience store and run into the industrial refrigerator in joplin as sunday's deadly tornado was hitting. the video is dark but you can hear the terror. let's listen. >> i think we are going to do it. >> jesus, help us! >> the man who shot that video, he went back to get pictures of the aftermath. here is what it looked like. nothing but broken glass and concrete. everyone inside that freezer made it out alive and that's what they faced. >> nothing left. >> nothing.
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>> the sheer destruction in joplin, missouri, looks scary for anybody but particularly frightening for a young child watching it on tv or witnessing it firsthand. i spoke to a couple while i was in joplin. the two of them rode out the storm in their bathroom hugging the toilet seat with their 21-month-old between them and the toilet seat. i saw the little toddler. they said, he is still shaken. listen? >> reporter: how has he been since yesterday? >> he has been a little startled. he with are diriving across tow to take a shower. the gas isn't working. while we are driving, he is screaming and crying and he knows something very tram mauma happened. joining us, the national committee advisory member for the red cross. thanks for being here. that little kid is 21 years old -- 21 months old. i'm sorry. he mostly sensed that his
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parents were probably scare. is he going to grow up remembering that or do you have to be a little older to register? >> i think basically you do have to be a little bit older to renlster the impact of this type of devastating event. children at that age are a reflection of their parents' emotions. we can only imagine what these parents are going through in terms of dealing with their own grief and denial and fear for the future. there are quite a few things that parents can do to alleviate the stress and anxiety that the kids are going through. >> the parent sets the tone. not only do you have to try nd aget through this crisis, you are also trying to be this model of serenity for the kid. >> i think the most important thing. we know children need to feel safe and secure no matter what's happening. if we can keep children with their parents or with their primary caregivers. the parents can talk openly, provide a lot of reassurance, extra love and attention and really monitor and take their cues from how their children are doing.
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children will very rarely say, i'm really upset about this, unless they are older. their behavior, their sleep patterns, those will provide clues for how the parents can be guided to respond. >> it also seems to be difficult, if you are in the wake of this disaster. you are trying to find information. constantly, you are replaying the scenes, seeing them on television can be traumatic as well. i remember after 9/11, some of the advice from you guys was turn off the tvs, the kids are already reliving it. is it true that kids don't know when they are seeing it again if it this is real life or happening again. >> the most important thing to think about when you are talking with your child or if you are an organization such as the school that's helping children through these things, is what stage of growth and cognitive development are they in? the older children are going to be able to process through and begin to work through and understand this devastating event they have experienced. the younger children that are still perhaps having that magical thinking are not going to be able to understand the
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images they see on tv over and over aren't happening again. >> what age would you say is the point at which they -- the supply is not just to a natural disaster but a lot of things, divorce or fire or flood. what's the age at which they are more cognizant? >> the children progress through their stages of growth and development. once you are getting into school anyone, children are able to sit down if you have a supportive environment and you can talk honestly with those children. it is important for parents to be realistic. children will see through if the parents are making things up. >> we will see why routine is so important. >> in all of these situations, if they can hold on to something consistent, if their house has been destroyed or they are going to another school. some form of consistency is important? >> it is important for parents to provide that reassurance and
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optimism and we will get through this together and there are a lot of people to help. the american red cross is in every community and doing a fabulous job of helping people get through this and providing that mental health support they may need. >> long after the attention is off of it, they are still going to be needing the help. >> always. >> dr. veneema, thanks for being with us and helping people through this. breaking news out of serbia, a bombshell arrest. the serbian president confirming the capture of former military commander ratko mladic. accused of masterminding the master at sar rea voe an the siege against sar ber neat za where more than 7,000 men and boyce were killed in 1995. they are welcoming the news oef the arrest saying it offers a chance for justice to be done. >> lawyers for john edwards blasting the justice department. prosecutors are claiming that he used campaign money to pay his
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former mistress to keep quiet about their affair while he ran for president. they insist the government theory is wrong, that his client did not break the law. a plea deal is possible. a source tells cnn he is now weighing his options. the old boss of the imf has a new place to call home. dominique strauss-kahn left a temporary apartment to move into something a little more upscale. a $50,000 a month, 6800 square foot townhouse in the neighborhood known as tribeca, one of manhattan's most wealthy neighborhoods. it features a gym, a spa and home theater. he will remain there under house arrest. >> president obama has arrived in france for the g-8 summit. leaders of the eight largest economies in the world will be tackling global issues, debt crisis, middle east peace and finding a new leader for the imf. to our top story, serbian police arrested one of their
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country's most wanted war criminals. >> former serbian criminal ratko mladic is captured. >> serbian president confirmed the arrest a little while ago. listen to what he had to say. on behalf of the republic of serbia, today we arrested ratko m lchl adic. extradition is underway. we have always believed in our strategy and the work of everyone in this process. >> it's an amazing beginning of an end to a very long and painful period in history there. >> coming up, we are going to talk about something christine was telling you about. peter thiel is an entrepreneur who is paying 24 kids to quit college and start businesses instead. >> to quit college. we keep telling you, you have
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got to go to college. >> you keep telling them you need entrepreneurs. >> why can't you have both. it is 35 minutes past the hour.
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just say, show me the carfax. ♪ atlanta, 72 degrees. up to 86 today. strong storms. still some weather to be careful of. >> i hope there are no college graduations going on. it is hot and muggy. is college all together overrated? >> no. >> maybe it is. maybe if you had a good idea young and early like mark zuckerberg, you should not be going through college but developing your idea. one proven entrepreneur tends to think this way. >> peter thei lechlt, the man that founded paypal and funded
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facebook, is offering 24 college students $100,000 if they drop out of school and start their own business. first, let's introduce peter. why do they have to drop out? why can't they do both? >> we are asking people to stop out, not something ir reversible. people can always go back to college. >> why do you want 20-year-olds? >> starting a business is something that is a full-time thing. it is like going for the olympics or working on some intense project. it is not something you can do in parallel with school. you can do it at any age. that is nothing magical about being under 20 or over 20 or over 50 or under 50. we think when people have the passion and desire to do so, they should get started. there are a number of young people that can. one of the challenges we have encountered as we have talked to younger people, they have insane college debts. we have a school education
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bubble, college costs have gone up by 300% since 1980. >> did christine give you that question? >> i am obsessed with college debt. i think it makes a good college education out of the reach of a lot of different families. you are saying if you have a good idea and you are really smart, put that on hold and let's develop your idea. here is $100,000. >> worst case, you go back to college and go through the whole college debt thing later tichlts t . people can get the loans but then you have to pay them off for the rest of your life. we had this housing bubble where everyone said, you had to have a house, no matter what. housing was always good. now, we are saying it about education. >> if you have a college degree, the unemployment rate is half than if you don't. it is at 5%, 10 for the general population. >> that's true. although, the question is whether colleges are just really good at picking people who will do well or whether they are actually adding that much value on education. >> mark zuckerberg's
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unemployment rate is 0%. >> very low. let's talk to jim daniel son. he is one of these thiel fellows, 20, joining us from chicago. are you there, jim? >> there he is. >> yeah, i am here. >> all right, jim. we are calling it a stop out of college. you are going to go. you finished your year out. you still have schooling to do. you are going to leave and go to mountainview, california and you are going to invent crazy stuff and it is going to work out or not. you are not going back to college, right? >> right now i am focusing on what's happening now and how fast the electrical vehicle industry is changing. >> you are not a politician under indictment. answer the question. you are not going back to college, right? >> it really depends on where everything goes, i guess. i don't plan on going back to college if it works out well. >> that's what i wanted to hear. what are you inventing? >> so i am working on electric motor for electric vehicles. it is very similar to a
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brushless dc motor, more efficient, lower cost of materials, not going to use permanent magnets and it is going to be more torque controllable. >> this brings up a very good point. look, the world is changing faster than a four-year degree can keep up in some cases. now, you have some degrees, specifically computers, that kids can tlelearn this at camp, some things that used to take a four-year degree. >> everything happens only once. there is a right time and a right place for them. if the facebook people had stayed in college for another two years, they would not have been able to start that. >> if i'm a kid out there and i have an idea, i am 19 years old, i have been looking for this guy, peter, all my life. how do people get in your game? >> they can contact us at the
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20under20.orgfoundation. there are different ways to get in touch. >> hey, jim, what do your parents think of this thing? >> i was going to ask the same thing. >> my parents are very supportive now, yeah. >> because they know you are -- i bet you he is a smarty pants and he has been for a long time and they know you will be successful. >> when we talk about people not dropping out, we are probably not talking about him. this guy is going to be our boss. >> he is stopping out. >> i don't believe in the stopping out thing. >> don't you think it is funny, we would never question so much if somebody had an incredible acting career and they were 15 years old. we are not telling justin bieber to go back to school. >> electric motors. >> he could be the next big thing. >> it is worth not looking just at celebrities or star athletes but also a lot of people who are talented inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers and to tell all these people that there is not just one right track. you don't have just this one
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credential track. so many other incredible things they can contribute to make this country a better place in the decades ahead. >> every time i look at the shake weight, i think, i could have thought of that. >> do you have incentives to save middle of the road tv anchors? >> we are working thoon that program. >> one of the greatest entrepreneurs around, the cre t a tore of the 20 under 20 program. >> jim, come back and keep us posted on how things are going. i think i know what the answer is going to be. >> that is really great to follow your dream and get paid for it too. nice work. coming up next, the president arriving in france for this big g-8 summit. we are going to show you the latest pictures and tell you what's on the agenda. >> speaking of the latest pictures, have you seen karla bruin any? new pictures. it looks like a baby bump. 45 minutes past the hour.
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♪ chicago had some bad weather yesterday. i ended up getting stuck there on the way back. rain again right now, 45 degrees, rain and wind later on. 53 degrees. >> chicago is a great town, even in the rain, especially in the rain. now that it is may, almost summer thichlts the best part of the year in chicago. >> something is going to be a little bit different. >> will it be the same after 25 years of the queen of daytime talk. as we know, oprah signing off yesterday was the final farewell show. it featured oprah alone speaking directly to the audience, no makeovers, no giveaways but maybe a little bit of advice. >> i won't say good-bye. i'll just say until we meet again. to god be the glory. the late night show had a little fun with oprah's final farewell. listen to conan. on oprah's final show today she thanked her fourth grade
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teacher who was sitting in the audience for believing in her when no one else did. things got uncomfortable when the teach are looked at oprah and said, i'm sorry, i don't remember you. >> that was funny. disturbing new health study to tell you about. researchers out of north carolina found nearly 20% of 24-32-year-olds have high blood pressure. a much higher number than once thought. more than half of these young people have no idea they have hypertension. it is linked to early heart disease and stroke. marriage going the way of the dodo. >> no. >> living together is the new black. new census data shows that weddings may be the thing of the past. the number of unmarried couples living together is on the match upwards. >> when you rollerskate together, you stay together. >> up nearly 25%. the number of people living in sin is up nearly 25% in the past decade. some think the poor economy may be to blame for this trend. maybe couples choose to move in
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together. >> they don't want to marry. they just want to go to the ice rink together forever. >> living in spin or living in sin. >> the number of unmarried couples is the highest in the mississippi delta region and in old industrial cities. i don't know what the connection is. >> three married people bringing you that story. guys, listen up. you want to look sexy and you want women to be attracted to you, don't smile. according to a new study, women are less attractive to so-called happy-looking men and prefer a moody, broody, bad boy. >> sort of like that. whatever you do, don't smile, ali. do not smile. >> you see that. >> he looks like he ate something bad. >> i think he is cuter when he smiles. >> i think you are cute even when you eat something bad. the opposite is true for women trying to snare a man. women, smile, smile, smile, that's what turns men on the fastest. they have no idea why men and
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women react so differently to smiling. >> if you want to stay in a long-term relationship, be a nice guy. >> and smile. >> once we are married, we want him to be a happy, nice guy. we can't make up our minds. everything has a price. it turns out most people would pay almost anything to be beautiful. a kell ton research poll found that nearly 25% of americans would turn down winning $1 million in the lottery in exchange for having a dream body. >> he is smiling, not brooding, for the record. >> he is brooding. >> no matter what your expression is. beauty or age. almost half of the respond ents, women said they would rather be their ideal weight than be five years younger. >> we wanted to know what you thought about all of that. >> which would you pick, a perfect body or $1 million? >> the right answer isn't both. >> tc 110 said if perfect body also means healthy, wouldn't
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that exceed a million in savings on health care over a lifetime? sure shi shirley on facebook. this brings us to rob marciano. >> rob, you are good-looking and smart. >> whether you are smiling or brooding. can you brood for a minute? >> i notice that ali was the only one to mention that. you guys know i am moody. check that one off the list. if that included that body thing, if it included being pain free, right now, my neck is killing me. >> so is mine. i don't know if it is stress or what. i have a pinched nerve like no
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one's business this morning. >> well, christine and ali, give her a little rubdown. you guys knock yourself out there on the couch. a couple of items of video i want to show you. severe weather yesterday. let's break it down for you out of central missouri. this impressive tornado touching down. my goodness, we had 81 reports of tornadoes yesterday. mother nature seemed to be merciful. yes, there was injuries. yes, there was lots of damage. not one fatality from 81 reports of tornadoes. including one in california. how about this? in chico, california, north central, california. choppers shouted this ef-1 or less. a little bit of minor damage and back by the sun, beautiful stuff. rare, yes. to get tornadoes in california. it does happen when you have a low this time of year rolling out. there is a threat for tornadoes today, nothing happening right now. that's the good news. here is the motherlode that spawned all the severe weather, beginning to stretch out and
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wind itself out. we have the threat for seeing some severe weather pop up out ahead of it. it is hot and humid air. chicago, a little bit of rain right now. you are under a 30-minute delay. you have been all morning as a matter of fact. a line of thunderstorms trying to develop across parts of huntsville and the tennessee valley. this will probably intensify as we go through the afternoon. as mentioned, this is the expected area of seeing severe weather today. a slight risk versus the high risk we have seen in the past two days. there will probably be some convective activity, a slight chance of seeing maybe a tornado. i don't think we will see 81. 30-60-minute delays as mentioned in chicago. denver will see some thunderstorms. hot and humid. 91 degrees in d.c. and 81 degrees. you will get some thunderstorms, i think, tomorrow afternoon. enjoy your million or your hot bod, whichever you choose. i don't think either of us are getting that. >> i have a date about ben today, ben gay. >> maybe you two should stop talking about your corresponding neck pains.
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